The Wisconsin Compilation of Collateral Consequences is a searchable online database of the restrictions and disqualifications imposed by Wisconsin statutes and regulations because of an individual’s criminal record. Examples of collateral consequences are legal bars to employment, licensing, housing, and education; limitations on voting and other civil rights; registration and residency restrictions; and ineligibility for government benefits and opportunities. Also included in the database are background check requirements, and relief provisions such as judicial expungement and certificates of good conduct. Penalties imposed by sentencing courts, such as probation, restitution, and fines are direct consequences of conviction and are thus not included.
A separate database of federal collateral consequences is also accessible through this site.
This site is maintained by the Wisconsin State Public Defender in partnership with the Collateral Consequences Resource Center (CCRC). Site data is based on research originally conducted by the American Bar Association under a grant from the National Institute of Justice pursuant to the Court Security Act of 2007, reorganized and brought up to date by CCRC staff. The Wisconsin State Public Defender has also developed a narrative survey and analysis of collateral consequences that complements the online database, and is available here. Additional information about collateral consequences, including information about relief mechanisms applicable under Wisconsin law, is available at the CCRC website, www.ccresourcecenter.org.
By accessing this database the user acknowledges that the information contained in it is intended only for educational and informational purposes, and does not constitute legal advice.